Questions Answered by Mr. J. Edgie Russell

Q: My brother wants to let his son live with me.I will need to enroll him in school. What steps do I need to take?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
You should contact the local school system in your individual county to see what they will want to enroll him in school. Each County is a little different but you may have to go so far as to obtain a custody order. Regardless of what the schools want however, you should get a Power of Attorney authorizing you to obtain medical treatment for your nephew. I also recommend at least some sort of a custody agreement spelling out your rights and obligations. Finally, you mention your brother, but not...

Q: How can I prove parental alienation if what my 4 year old says is inadmissible in court. And what if my ex is lying?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
There are several options to try to show that your wife is attempting to alienate your son. First to ask the Court to appoint an attorney represent your son and to have your son see a counselor. Another alternative would be to provide the Court with evidence of things your wife has done to alienate your son (i.e. what you or other witnesses have see or heard her do). As far as what your 4 year old son might have told you, while some of what he said might be excluded as hearsay, there are...

Q: If the couple leave together more than 15 years in Maryland do they consider wife and husband?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
Simply living together in Maryland does not make you husband and wife.

Q: 1 spouse owned the home they lived in prior to marriage. Does the other get equity for their 2 year marriage?how determ?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 20, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
The first question that needs to be asked is if the house is titled in the names of both parties. If so then they both have an interest.

If it is titled in the name of only one spouse, the fact one spouse owned the home prior to marriage does not necessarily mean the other spouse does not have an interest in the home, even after only 2 years of marriage. For instance, if a house were subject to a mortgage which was paid on during the marriage, if there were improvements made to the home...

Q: Maryland. no separation agreement made spouse will not contribute to children or other expenses..what can be done?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 20, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
If you are separated, but do not have an agreement, you can still bring an action for child support, an action for alimony or combine one or both of these claims in an action for divorce.

Q: Can my ex-wife require me to start paying for private high school?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Mr. J. Edgie Russell's answer
Assuming there is no contract or judicial decision obligating you to pay for private high school, then normally you would not have to pay for private high school. At the same time your wife could file to have the costs of private high school included in child support if she could demonstrate that your daughter had a particularized need to attend the private high school.

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